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UK Government COVID-19 Update, 5 June 2020

05 June 2020
Issue 10, 05 June 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.

Government announces £7 million for new coalition of vulnerable children's charities: The funding will launch the See, Hear, Respond service to a coalition of vulnerable children's charities, led by Barnardo's, who will work alongside local authorities, schools, police forces, health care professionals and other vital services to provide targeted support to children experiencing potentially disastrous impacts on their health and well-being, and those at risk of harm, as a result of COVID-19.

Policy discussions ongoing surrounding "local lockdowns" to combat spikes in regional  cases of COVID-19: Further to comments made at the Health Secretary's press briefing on Tuesday 25 May, questions have been raised regarding which body has or will have the legal  powers to implement and control local lockdowns. Lord Bethell confirmed in the Lords  Chamber on Tuesday 2 June that "the policy around them is in development and a full decision  has not been made on what arrangements we will make for lockdowns". The information so  far announced is that the lockdowns will form part of the test and trace system, and that the national Joint Biosecurity Centre will provide advice and information regarding measures to  be acted on locally by directors of public health, Public Health England and NHS teams.
 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow furloughed workers to return to work: The Chancellor has announced as of the 1 July 2020, the CJRS will allow flexible furloughing. Workers will be allowed to return to work on a part time basis, whereby the CJRS will subsequently continue to provide grants on a tapered basis.

Care Sector costs to top £6bn as a result of COVID-19: The additional costs to care providers as a result of COVID-19 are much higher than originally anticipated with more than £4bn required for PPE alone.

Transport Secretary announces measures further to a drop in use of public transport and cars and increase in cycling: The Transport Secretary has confirmed that, in addition to the £2 billion investment in walking and cycling already announced, from June the government will be introducing a Fix Your Bike voucher, and e-scooter trials have been brought forward to the end of June. Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday 15 June.

Dairy response fund set to open for application: A new dairy response fund will open to assist dairy farmers with fixed costs of production which have otherwise been a struggle to meet as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The fund will allow for up to 70% of their losses due to the outbreak.

Updated guidance: European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: The ERDF and ESF Q&A have been updated with new questions or amended answers to existing questions.

DWF Data Protection Insights May 2020: See our data protections team's round-up of the month's top data protection stories, together with practical advice on how to address the legal issues raised. This month's insight includes the latest issues relating to the impact of COVID-19 on data protection.

Government guidance update on phased return to outdoor sport and recreation: As of the 1 June 2020, as part of the phasing process for returning to sport and recreation individuals will be allowed to exercise alone, with members of their household or up to five people outside your household if you can abide by social distancing rules. However, both public and private sports centres remain closed.

Wales

The National Procurement Service pipeline has been reviewed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to minimise the impact on both public sector resources and companies who may wish to bid for tender opportunities, the National Procurement Service have extended a range of frameworks, including Construction consultancy (infrastructure and estates), Construction consultancy (facilities and additional services), Facilities management 2, and Waste and clinical waste bags.

Shielding to continue for 130,000 people: The Chief Medical Officer for the Welsh Government has this week requested that almost 130,000 extremely vulnerable people to continue shielding under the 16 August 2020. Those shielding will be allowed to go outdoors to meet other people.

Schools in Wales to reopen on 29 June: The Welsh Government's Education Minister Kirsty Williams has confirmed they will begin to reopen schools for pupils from all year groups for limited periods during the week with only a third of pupils in school at any one time.

Scotland

Scottish tourism businesses have written to ministers to review the two-metre social distancing requirement. The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has warned many businesses will be unable to reopen unless the two-metre measure is relaxed. The Scottish government has said any change would have to be based "on the best scientific evidence available".

Northern Ireland

Executive confirms changes to Covid-19 regulations: Several relaxations to the Coronavirus Regulations will be introduced from Monday 8 June, including the re-opening of outdoor sports facilities and outdoor non-food retailers.

Minister announces £11.7m care home support package: The £11.7m financial package will enable homes to pay staff 80% of their salary when on sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons. It will also provide support with cleaning costs and the provision of specialist equipment.

Latest Legislation

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill: The impact on contracts: The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill aims to help struggling UK companies to react and adapt to the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the economy. We consider how the changes proposed in the Bill will affect termination clauses in contracts for the supply of goods and services. 

View the government's latest guidance for local councils >

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